Community Presbyterian Church - Church Staff



Michael Vaughn


Title: Pastor
Office Phone:  (949) 493-1502 Ext. 23
Email Link: 

Mike, did you always want to be a Presbyterian Minister?

Yes.  And no.  It has been a Jonah-like experience.  I lived literally in the shadow of my home (Presbyterian) church in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D. C.  The youth group was my social life, the church Pastor the backdoor neighbor.  I entered college to prepare for seminary and then decided I had misunderstood God’s call.  Years later, I tried seminary as an experiment (that worked!) that led to many, many exciting years in great places.  For a period I worked outside the church as a middle school math teacher.  From the classroom, Community Presbyterian Church called me to be their pastor. I have been in a variety of ministry and employment situations—each of which has led and prepared me to be here now.

Did you go to school?

For a few years:  Undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia; Masters from the University of Southern California, University of California, Irvine; Doctorate from Union Presbyterian Seminary.

What other congregations have you served?

I have been blessed to be a Pastor of and nurtured by the Presbyterian congregations listed below.  Prior to coming to Community Presbyterian in chronological order they are:


North Carolina:  First Presbyterian, Statesville
Louisiana:  Broadmoor Presbyterian, Baton Rouge
Kansas:  Village Presbyterian, Prairie Village
Missouri:  First Presbyterian, Fulton
California:  St. Peter’s By-The-Sea, Huntington Beach


What do you do for fun?


Life!  Every day is fun.  Primarily, family:  married to the fantastic woman I met in seminary; two incredible grown sons; a few weeks ago my first grandchild, a granddaughter!  (Want to see a picture?)  Also, I am a Trustee of our Los Ranchos Presbytery.


How do I reach you?


    • On the web home page, click staff—the email link puts you in my inbox.
    • Call the church phone (949) 493-1502, Ext. 23.
    • Monday and Thursday mornings are reserved for inquiries.  Other times freely available.
    • Come to worship (9:00 or 10:30 a.m.).  I would love to meet and greet you.

Leanne Strommen


Title: Community Outreach Developer 

Office Phone:  (949) 493-1502
Email Link: 


To develop outreach programs to help Community Presbyterian Church better serve our neighbors in the community.


Leanne Strommen is a Southern California native, raised in south Orange County.  She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and then Fuller Theological Seminary, with a Masters in Divinity.  Leanne has worked in Christian Education at several churches in Orange County.  She is committed to the belief that everything we do as followers of Jesus Christ is the work of bringing the Kingdom of God, on earth as it is in heaven.  This core belief is what informs her work as Community Outreach Developer, helping Community Presbyterian Church serve its neighbors in our community.  Leanne enjoys baking, trying her hand at gardening, golfing with her husband and son, and playing with furry family member, Sam the Wonder Dog.


Jean McCormick


Title:  Administrative Assistant
Office Hours: 

   Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Office Phone:  (949) 493-1502 Ext. 21
Email Link: 


To support the Christian mission of the church by performing administrative functions for the pastor, staff and various members of CPC committees.  Receive visitors, answer incoming telephone calls, initiate communications, coordinate calendars and facility usage, prepare weekly newsletter, Sunday bulletin, and Sunday PowerPoint presentation.  Schedule meetings and collect and coordinate information from pastor and various committees for communication to church staff, committees, members and community.


Education:  University of Kansas, B.A. Personnel Administration


Positions held in large corporations (Citicorp/Citibank), small companies and have raised two children, both currently in college.  Professional background has involved customer relations inside organizations, as well as with the public utilizing strong organizational skills.  Financial service experience at Citibank encompassed managing the Cash Management Western Region in the Los Angeles office responsible for executing electronic wire transfers for Fortune 500 corporations on the West Coast.

Suzanne Stamos


Title:  Manager of Accounting
Office Hours: 

   Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Office Phone:  (949) 493-1502 Ext. 22

Email Link: 


To serve the church by providing appropriate and accurate accounting and business records.  Record, maintain, and report all financial transactions for the church and school.   Prepare and report payroll. Complete various Presbytery Reports as well as government reports. Maintain contribution records and acknowledge donations/gifts.  Work with the church staff providing office support as well as providing support for the Finance and the Personnel Committees.



Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Boston College School of Management, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, graduating cum laude.  Passed the Certified Public Accountants exam, State of Connecticut.  Maintains a membership in the AICPA and the Connecticut Society of CPAs. Has held positions with several Fortune 500 companies, as well as other businesses.

Teri Beck


Title:  Director of Community Presbyterian Church
          Preschool and
Office Hours: 
  Monday/Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

  Tuesday/Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
  Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon

School Office Phone:  (949) 493-9141 Ext. 27
Email Link: 


The Director is responsible for operating a high-quality, warm and loving, safe, Christ-centered preschool and kindergarten program in a manner that contributes to the growth and development of children, families, and staff members.  Oversees and administers the school program providing each child with an opportunity to learn and grow intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

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Title:  Director of Children’s Ministries
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Megan Theodorou


Title: Praise Band Leader
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To provide musical, spiritual and organizational leadership of the Worship Band for rehearsals and during congregational worship.


  • Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, UC Irvine
  • Master of Music in vocal performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • 30 years experience as a church soloist/section leader
  • Performed on Broadway and around the country in musical theater and opera
  • Performs regularly as a guest artist in concert performances
  • Private voice instructor


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Title:  Organist


Provide organ and/or piano music for the Sunday morning worship service, prepare for and accompany the Thursday evening weekly rehearsal for the Chancel choir.


Bachelor’s in Music Education, Walla Walla College, Masters in Music from Washington State University.  Served as organist/pianist for Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Congregational and Seventh-day Adventist Churches.


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